Entrance at 11+ (Year 7 – Age 11 in September)
Step 1 – Enquiry
Our Admissions Team is available to help you with any questions you may have. We can be contacted on 020 8688 3863 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 2 – Visit
We recommend you and your daughter coming to visit us prior to making an application (Covid-19 conditions allowing). Our main Saturday Open Event will be held on 2 October and we will be holding Working Open Events throughout the year. Please check the Open Day page of our website for the latest information.
Step 3 – Application
You may make an application using our online application form. The registration fee for entry into the year commencing September 2022 is £100 (this is non refundable). The deadline for Year 7 application is Friday 26 November 2021.
Should you wish to apply for the Music Scholarship or a Music Award, you will need to indicate this on your application form, and complete the separate Music Scholarship form by 26 November 2021.
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You should indicate on the application form whether you are applying for a Bursary. You will also be required to register your interest via the John Whitgift Foundation website by the strict deadline of Friday 26 November 2021. The link will be available on the John Whitgift website from Monday 6 September 2021.
Apply for a Bursary via the John Whitgift Foundation
Step 4 – Assessment
Interviews with the Head, or a member of the Senior Leadership Team, will be held either in person or via a Zoom call scheduled for parents/carers and girls after the Autumn half term. They will be asked to show a piece of work of which they are particular proud and are happy to discuss. The interview is expected to last approximately 25 minutes.
Parental support and alignment with the ethos and value of Old Palace are crucial for academic success. Bursary applicants will be required to meet a the entrance test threshold before interview selection.
NB: Please be aware that entrance assessments are subject to change according to changes in Covid-19 regulations. The Admissions team will keep applicants informed of any changes.
Our Admissions team will contact your daughter’s school for a reference. The 2022 entrance test will be run on Wednesday 5 January 2022. This will involve a 1-hour paper in both English and Mathematics, as well as an on-line Reasoning test. Covid-19 restrictions may force us to revise our entrance test arrangements but we will keep applicants informed of any changes. The Admissions team send full details of the entrance tests to all applicants in early December, following the application deadline. Applicants are given their candidate number on the day of the entrance exam (they are not issued in advance).
Step 5 – Offer and Acceptance
Offers will be posted on 1 February 2022. The offer letters will include details of any scholarship or awards offered. If you have applied for a Bursary, the offer letter will advise you of the outcome, and the John Whitgift Foundation will write to you outlining their provisional contribution towards your daughter’s fees. To accept your daughter’s offer you will be asked to complete the Admissions Form and pay the £800 deposit (£200 if a Bursary place has been offered) which will be held until your daughter leaves Old Palace. The deadline for acceptance is 7 March 2022.
Step 5 – Admission
During the summer term our Admissions team will send you joining information and will be in contact to invite you and your daughter to our Induction events. There will be an Induction evening for you and your daughter, as well as an Induction morning at the Senior School for your daughter when she will spend the morning in her new classroom, meet her Form Tutor and new classmates.
In addition to the students moving up from our own Year 6, girls join us from a large number of primary schools. Pastoral care is important to us and great emphasis is placed on settling your daughter into her new environment. We hope to hold a bonding event in the summer term, which is a further opportunity for girls to meet and socialise with each other.